Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - The Saint Louis Brewery, Saint Louis
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is the Pumpkin Ale that I've come to judge all others against. As far as I'm concerned, Schlafly has made a near perfect Pumpkin Ale. When you open a bottle of this pumpkin beer and pour it into a glass you'll notice two things, cinnamon and nutmeg. This beer smells a bit like a country spice store. The taste is similar to the aroma, it's a lot like nutmeg spice bread or a pumpkin cake. This beer has a rich pumpkin flavor that is balanced out by plenty of caramel malt, cinnamon and brown sugar.
My one complaint with this beer is that the spice level is a little high. In some ways, the spice does overwhelm the pumpkin flavoring. It's almost too much, but isn't quite enough to be totally over powering. The combination of flavors works really great in this beer, but with so much spice an such a high ABV (8%) you won't be able to have more than a couple of these in a single sitting.